Getting out in August: Restaurant deals abound

If you’re watching your pennies, a night out on the town including a nice meal is a luxury you can rarely afford. Over the summer months however, when things are a bit quieter on the island, there are usually some terrific deals to be had. A number of restaurants close for September so now is the time to seek out the set menus, two-for-one savings and complimentary treats offered at casual and fine dining establishments.

It used to be that Happy Hour was mainly associated with Fridays and the whole TGIF feeling that went with it. Thankfully that extended hour is now honoured at many bars through the week, saving you dollars on drinks no matter what night you head out.

Most casual hotspots will offer buckets of beer on special, or great prices in the earlier part of the evening, but even upscale joints are joining in with the discounts so keep an eye out for promotions.

From the bourbon cocktails at 7 Restaurant in the Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman to the fantastic margaritas at Carlos & Martin’s Tex-Mex Cantina, or the half-price beverages at SIDEbar in the early evening to the buckets of Heineken on special for Jam Night at the Lone Star every Wednesday night; you’re bound to find a deal that appeals.

Whether you’re looking for specific discounts or set menus with wine pairings, there are many restaurants throughout the island offering reasonable prices if you care to look. Places like Ortanique have specific Happy Hour menus with items like mouthwatering sliders and truffle fries, or stop by Blue Cilantro to try the prix fixe menu with the option of wine pairing.

Tukka in East End has a Wednesday Walkabout four-course meal that features exotic dishes from Australia, and on Saturday nights it’s all-you-can-eat sushi at Karma. Casual, fancy…the choice is yours.

Most restaurants will have their weekly specials listed on their websites, or you can check local listings in the newspaper and online where they are usually advertised as well.

Catching a live band or great DJ in the Cayman Islands is the perfect way to spend a night out, and luckily it’s rare to have to pay for the privilege of seeing them.

Venues like Calico Jack’s and Royal Palms regularly feature local musicians, or if you prefer being indoors, you can check out Havana Club at Regency Court where groups rock the room every weekend.

It’s certainly good to be a lady at most nightclubs on the island. Get there early – even on a Friday night – for top local DJs, and you get free or discounted entrance. There are also always drinks specials throughout the week. Dance to the wee hours and you’ll save money on the gym too!

Getting out of the house for the night doesn’t have to be expensive if you’re a savvy socialite, so don your glad rags and hit the town this summer.